AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Gillespie rows at Vashon Island contest

AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Gillespie rows at Vashon Island contest

VASHON – Port Angeles rower Edward Gillespie, age 14, placed second in his class while representing the Olympic Peninsula Rowing Association in the Burton Beach Invitational held on Quartermaster Harbor off Vashon Island.

Gillespie, one of 219 participants in the youth rowing program established by Burton Beach Rowing Club in 2018, rowed a single sculls in the Novice Boys class.

OPRA was one of 11 participating clubs from western Washington and Oregon.

Now in his second season with OPRA, Gillespie is a homeschooled high school freshman and the son of Laurence and Tricia Gillespie.

OPRA was founded in 2007 by the late John Halberg to introduce Olympic Peninsula youth, grades 6-12, to rowing and the life skills and values ​​that come with it.

The spring season is starting and young people and adults who want to try rowing can contact Sean Halberg at row[email protected]. For more information, visit

Five-a-side football

PORT ANGELES – Registration is open for the Oliveira Classic 5-on-5 soccer tournament June 10 for Peninsula College.

A maximum of eight players are allowed per team and the cost is $20 per player.

Divisions include K-second grade coed, and boys and girls divisions for third through fifth grades sixth through eighth, high school and adult coed.

Registration must take place by May 14.

Email Sam Oliveira for more information at [email protected].

Spring football clinic

CHIMACUM – A spring skill development clinic for soccer players ages 8-14 will be hosted by Jefferson County Soccer Club with coaches from UK International Soccer.

The clinics will be held every Thursday from April 6 to May 25 at HJ Carroll Park, 9884 Rhody Drive.

Players aged 8-10 will practice from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, while 11-14 will practice from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

Registration is open until April 6 and is $65 per player, with each additional sibling $50.

Scholarships are available.

To register, visit

For more information, email [email protected].

BMX Track Stirling

PORT ANGELES – Save the date for season-opening action at the Lincoln Park BMX track in April.

Open practice sessions are set up on April 13, 20 and 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and cost $5 per rider.

The season-opening single-point race will begin at 11:00 a.m. April 15. Registration will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is $12 if pre-registered and $15 in person. Races will also be held on April 16 and again April 29-30.

For more information, visit

Martin back on track

PORTLAND, Oregon. – Port Angeles High School alum Margarete Martin is continuing to compete in college athletics for Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., after a two-year hiatus from injuries.

The 2019 PAHS graduate finished 10th in the 800-meter run at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker Invitational on March 4 with a time of 2 minutes, 42.47 seconds. It was Martin’s first race since October 15, 2021.

Martin followed up this weekend with a personal best 2:40.42 in the 800 at a Lewis & Clark home meet.

She is double majoring in German studies and art history.


Baseball: Forks at Coupeville, 1 p.m.; Port Angeles at Sehome, 1 p.m

Softball: Port Angeles vs. Ellensburg, 9 a.m. and Port Angeles vs. East Valley (Yakima), 11 a.m. at Bellevue College; East Jefferson at Bremerton, 1 p.m.; Forks at Coupeville, 1:00 and 2:30 p.m

Peninsula Daily News

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